Brian Bull


Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016.   Over his 23 years in public broadcasting, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards,  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award in 2012, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.

An enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, Bull has worked with NPR's NextGeneration project geared towards diversifying the ranks of tomorrow's journalists.  He's been a guest faculty instructor at the Poynter Institute on covering underrepresented communities.  He's served as chair for Vision Maker Media, which supports authentic programs and documentaries produced by Native Americans.

He's glad to be home in the Pacific Northwest, close to his family, tribe, and the Oregon Coast. If only someone had warned him about the grass seed pollen every spring!  Bull is married and has three children, and four cats. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, the visual and performing arts, and the occasional Godzilla movie.

Read how Brian's desire to spur reflection led him to a career in public media.

Brian has worked through the years with NPR on its Next Generation Radio Project, which trains journalists from underrepresented communities to become tomorrow's reporters.  Check out his latest project with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento here:

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The unhoused population in the Eugene area has put the city first in the U.S. for homelessness, according to a new survey that used last year's federal data. 

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A hazing incident at Cottage Grove High School is stirring up anger and controversy.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a junior varsity football player says he was sexually assaulted with a broomstick in the presence of up to ten students.

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Note: This story will be updated as new developments occur. 

Monday evening, the Eugene Police Department and EWEB responded to a vehicle crash on Willamette Street and 29th Avenue.  The EPD closed off a portion of Willamette Street where the incident occured while the area was cleared, and through the night utility crews worked to restore power for roughly 700 residents.

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November 3rd is when Oregonians move the clock back an hour. But what’s that?  Didn’t the legislature and governor nix Daylight Saving Time this year?  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, yes…and no.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is awarding $273 million to 149 tribes, including several in Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s to help improve public safety.

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This Saturday, 40 teams will put themselves into a grave situation: the 2nd annual EugFUN Coffin Races. This Halloween-themed event is quite the undertaking: participants build a coffin-shaped go-cart, with as much emphasis put on creativity and team dynamic as well as speed. 

KLCC’s Brian Bull checks in with three teams hoping to avoid a dead heat.

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A law firm is investigating a Eugene wood treatment facility, following recent complaints of a strong, noxious odor. 

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An event soliciting input on how the State of Oregon can best serve its elderly residents wrapped up today.

The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services met in downtown Eugene, to discuss issues that could affect the state’s aging population as it continues to grow.

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Wood smoke has long been a lingering issue in the Lane County city of Oakridge.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, efforts to reduce it are now getting help with a federal grant.

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An alleged serial vandal who harassed the Friendly Street Market is now in custody, following an incident at another Eugene store.

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So, Oregonians…what’s your favorite river that deserves federal protection?  That’s a question Ron Wyden wants answers for by January 20th. 

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Electric scooters may become a thing across Eugene next year.  Officials are considering introducing them across the city as they have with the bike share program that launched in 2018.

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As the vaping industry continues to reel from a string of user fatalities and illness, Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is pushing a federal tax on e-cigarettes.

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The Friendly Street Market has been the victim of vandalism in recent weeks.  Staff suspect a known shoplifter has damaged their front door more than once. They hope the public can help Eugene Police apprehend the man before he strikes again.

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The National Rifle Association’s dealings with Russia have been solely for the benefit of its leaders, according to a Senate report issued by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden

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“Expect the unexpected” in any impeachment process going forward, says U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

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Crime reports have spiked around Lane Community College’s downtown Eugene campus. 

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Improved forecasts and warnings of tsunamis are the goal of university scientists in the Pacific Northwest.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.


Changes in how child fatality reviews are handled in Oregon become effective October 1st.

The Department of Human Services says they will now assign a Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) to investigate child deaths when there’s a “reasonable” belief abuse or neglect was involved.  Previously, that didn’t happen before an assessment by Child Protective Services was completed.

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Scientists say there’s a 1-in-3 chance of a powerful earthquake hitting the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years. Residents of the Cascadia Subduction Zone are advised to stockpile two weeks’ worth of water, food, and medical supplies should the “Big One” strike. But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, economic disparities already divide those who can readily prepare, and those who will struggle to.

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For all the talk of disaster preparedness these days, animal welfare advocates are reminding people that the family pet also deserves protection and care in the event of an incident.

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Relief agencies and local governments have been urging people more than usual to be well-equipped for any number of catastrophes.  AS KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s all part of National Preparedness Month.

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Compared to babies and dogs, cats are often seen as more aloof and detached from their caregivers.  But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the bond between human and feline is purr-fectly tight.

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Nearly 70 cats have now been rescued from a beleaguered homestead near Veneta.

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More than 2,000 people gathered at Eugene’s Free Speech Plaza today as part of a worldwide observance called the Global Climate Strike. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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The possible threats from a large earthquake, wildfire, or flood drew locals to the City of Eugene’s emergency preparedness fair at the Park Blocks today. 

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A tenant rights advocate and member of two budget committees is running for Eugene City Council, Ward One.

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The top consumer complaints in Eugene largely focused on cars, namely sales, maintenance, and fuel.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains what’s driving that trend.

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Note: An earlier version of this story suggested a vote could happen tonight (9/16/19), but a city official says such an action will take place at a later meeting.  KLCC regrets the error.

Monday night, the Springfield City Council is giving a second reading on a rezoning request for the Patrician  Mobile Home Park.  The owner, Urban Transitions LLC, wants the site rezoned for commercial development. Many tenants worry they’d be thrown out onto the street.

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A consumer protection official is warning Oregonians of continuing scams aimed at the elderly.